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Date:4/6/2011

with peers as they become independent from their parents. But if a young person is struggling with an eating disorder, would that person's closest friend know or suspect that something was even wrong? And, would they know how to help?

This research involved a survey of approximately 340 college students in health classes and found that females were significantly more knowledgeable than males about eating disorders. Hoffman says this is an important finding to support future educational endeavors, because college is also a time that many romantic relationships are formed. "Perhaps with more education, earlier identification and treatment of eating disorders can occur," she says. Furthermore, the study recommends more education on how students could get assistance for themselves or friends.

A Necessary Addiction: Student Conceptualizations of Technology and Its Impact on Teaching and Learning

Presenter/researcher: Laurie Bauer, doctoral student and CECH assistant academic director

Summary:

College students are connected to technology beyond their desktop. They can connect anywhere and anytime using their Smartphones and PDAs, updating their e-mails, blogs and Facebook sites. Yet, this poster presentation uncovers national research that suggests that the more they're connecting to technology, the less time they're spending studying for college.

In her surveys of students, Bauer found that students are engaging in some of the same literacy practices in their phone texts and on Facebook that they're encouraged to pursue as part of their academic experience, such as seeking support from fellow peers or doing research involving literature, as they pull quotes from songs and quotes that they incorporate into personal messages. The goal of the research is to bridge the strategies that students use related to personal technology with strategies used for success in the classroom.

The next phase of the study will
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Contact: Dawn Fuller
dawn.fuller@uc.edu
513-556-1823
University of Cincinnati
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